I present you my first custom order palette build finished just a few days ago. A girl wanted to surprise her boyfriend for his thirtieth birthday so she asked me to do this cool Union Jack alike table she saw somewhere on the web but out of palettes and with glass on top. Here's what I manage to do in approx. 30 working hours...
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Although this project consumed significant amount of working hours (for sanding as always with palettes) it's really very simple and strait forward to do. Here's what you'll need...
- electrical sander(s)
- paint brush
- sand paper
- 2 x wooden standard size palettes (in EU its 120 x 80 x 14.5 cm)
- about 1.5l of paint (1l black + 0.25l red + 0.25 white)
- 4 bolts with nuts
- 4 standard furniture wheels (I recycled mine from an old office chair)
- some masking tape
Step 2: Paint and Assembly
So the first thing you should do is drill 4 holes in place where you would like to connect two palettes. You'll have to do this on the 2 bottom boards of the top palette and on the 2 top boards of the bottom palette. So, measure some fixed distance from the edge of the top palette (18 cm worked for me), drill the holes there then align the two palettes to best-fit each other, mark the places on the bottom palette (just nudge the pen trough the drilled top palette holes), take it apart, drill holes on the bottom palette. this way you will have nice fit of the palettes with holes drilled on right places (this is all because palettes often miss the dimensions, sometime more than 5 mm).
After you paint both palettes in black it is time for masking tape and Union Jack flag layout. I didn't use exact flag layout because it was easier to do like this and it's was not so important. Have patience and press the masking tape really god or paint will go under it - this happened to me but was not so important also.
Paint the white parts 2 times, then put another mask for red and paint 2 times and you are ready for assembly.
Of course, you need to screw in the wheels first - just drill 4 holes on the bottom palette and screw or glue the wheels in (depending on the wheels type you have).
Step 3: The Final Result
And that's it - you are ready to pimp up your living room with this awesome contemporary recycled table...Align the palettes, fasten them together (do not forget to paint bolts and nuts to black or red) and voila!
Of course, the good thing would be to add some table glass on top but if you don't mind this holes you can go al naturel :) You can modify the build by adding some lights under the top palette or by creating some storage boxes - it's up to you.
Enjoy and geek on!